There have been rumors over the last few weeks about a new budget AMD Radeon graphics card. And now the time has come: the AMD Radeon RX 5500.
These new AMD graphics card slots are among the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT, which have received top marks in our reviews and are aimed directly at the 1080p market segment. AMD has not yet released any pricing or specific release date information, but we know that the new graphics card will be available in the next few months.
What the AMD Radeon RX 5500 can do, with 22 processors and 1,408 stream processors and up to 8 GB of GDDR6 video memory (VRAM) compared to the 2,304 stream processors included in the RX 5700, is much slower than the 5700's since this card is aimed at 1440p gamers, that should not be too surprising. The most interesting comparison will be with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650.
Nvidia's budget superstar packs 896 CUDA cores – somewhat similar to AMD's "Stream Processors" – but is limited to 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This second specification could cause Nvidia's 1080p graphics card to lag behind. However, we obviously do not know how the situation will develop until we have the AMD Radeon RX 5500 for testing in our labs.
Of course, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 is based on the same 7 nm RDNA graphics architecture as other AMD Navi graphics cards, so energy efficiency and performance bring some obvious benefits. For example, AMD claims that users upgrading from the Radeon RX 480 will see a 16% boost in Borderlands 3 (and a 26% increase over the GTX 1650).
Graphics in motion
AMD has also announced that the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card will also come on a gaming laptop in your area. Since it's a 1080p graphics processor (GPU), you should not expect these ravishing flagships like the MSI GS65 stealth AMD graphics to rock, but AMD seems to be more interested in gaming laptops anyone can afford ,
The mobile version of the Radeon RX 5500 will be equipped with the same 22 processors and 1,408 stream processors as the desktop version, but can only use 4 GB of VRAM. Also, the clock frequency drops and only reaches a game clock rate (the average clock rate when playing) of 1,448 MHz instead of the 1,717 MHz of the desktop GPU.
AMD continues to believe that this is more than enough for low-cost gaming laptops and is in gaming laptops like the upcoming MSI Alpha 15 and a 1080p IPS panel with 144 Hz. And apparently, this small GPU will also be able to run games with a high degree of updating and achieve medium settings up to 96 frames per second in Apex Legends. Of course, this is based on AMD's internal testing, so we'd take that with a grain of salt.
Anyway, it's nice to see AMD graphics in gaming laptops gaining ground, and we hope the Radeon RX 5700 or that high-end, high-end Navi GPU Nvidia will compete there. But we just have to wait and see what happens.
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